Tourism News

Sep 2014

USAF Band of Mid-America to Perform at Dixon Theater

USAF Band of Mid America to perform at the Historic Dixon Theater in Dixon, Illinois
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Free admission
USAF Band MidAmerica
Aug 2014

2014 Carp Derby - A Great Success!

Another year and what a wild and exciting finish to the 2014 DIXON CARP DERBY.

Despite the threat of thunder storms, floods and heat warnings, 82 anglers made it out to try their luck and skills against the beautiful yet challenging Rock River in downtown Dixon, and hundreds others stopped by to watch.

After Saturday's storms and heat,  Sunday morning seemed like a vacation.......but it would be short lived as the heat and the competition would hit new highs by mid-day. And what would seem to be solid leads would creep away little by little with a suprise ending that would top the suprise of the Venician Night floats and the best fireworks grand finale I have ever seen on Saturday Night.  You should have been there!!!!

Boys Winners:
Cory Bohmann Jr. two year rein as champion would fall, but not by much.Congrats to all!

1st  Austin Jones 7-14 (Chadwick)
2nd Cory Bohmann 6-14 (Marsallis)
3rd Sawyer Marceau 6-8 (Forrreston)
4th Zak Clevenger 6-2 (Dixon)
5th Karsen DiFiore 5-15 (Burlington, Wi.)

Girls Winners:
Jenna and August would catch more big fish than most of the pro's and would fight back and forth right until the end when the south side of the dam produced a whopper.

1st Jenna Hale 11-4 (Chadwick)
2nd August Jones 9-6 (Chadwick)
3rd Brianna Czenk 8-14 (Aurora)
4th Hope Garza 7-7 (Sterling)
5th Ellie Meyers 6-15 (Dixon)

Adult Winners:
First time can be a charm, especially if luck is on your side.......and your bait is working.

1st Dijon Ilic 11-6 (Countryside)
2nd Charlie Thomas 11-2 (Dixon)
3rd Terry Runyon 10-8 (Aurora)
4th Beau Schneider 10-4 (Cary)
5th Brendeb Griffon 9-14 (Chicago)
6th Larry Coggins 9-13 (Dixon)
7th James Reynolds 9-9 (Sterling)
8th Eddy Cobb 9-7 (Chicago)
9th James Sappington 9-3 (East Moline)
10th John Arnould 8-14 (Dixon)
11th Donny Bailey 8-11 (Burlington, Wi.)
12th Jerry Barth 8-11 (Dixon)
13th Dragoslav Ilic 8-9 (Countryside)
14th Mike Kresenek 8-6 (Dixon)
15th Jeff Williams 8-2 (Dixon)
16th Chris Sotelo 7-11 (Dixon)
17th Kristen Czenk 7-5 (Aurora)
18th Amador Garza 7-2 (Sterling)
19th Debra Higgins 6-15 (Dixon)
20th Charlie Chesneck 5-11 (Dixon)

Advanced Division Winners:
The Advanced Angler Division was new this year, and with many of the most proven anglers in the region the competitive level was set pretty high early by Paul Scott with a commanding lead and three fish over 11 pounds he seemed a lock to take both Advanced Angler and Grand Champion.................but those late fish can change everything!!!!

1st Paul Scott 34-1 (Carlinville)
2nd Frank Rink 26-4 (Bolingbrook)
3rd Cory Bohmann 26-1 (Marsallis)

And this year's GRAND CHAMPION WINNER  of the Champions trophy and $500.00 with 12 pound 1 ounce carp.......

DAN HALE  of  Monroe Center, Illinois

Special thanks to T.C, Roy Kramer, Frank Rink, Fred Rhodes, Jerry , Paul Pazella, Robert Kraft and the Wells family for their generous donations and time to help make this event a possibility.
And of course thanks to the City of Dixon and Mayor Burke, all of the fine folks with Dixon Tourism, the Dixon Parks Department and Deb Carrey, and to all those who make it out to watch and to fish Dixon.........

Thanks again, and see you Next Year!!!

Larry Kirchner
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Jul 2013

Ronald Reagan Lifeguard Statue Project

From 1926 through 1932 Ronald Reagan worked as a lifeguard at the beach along the Rock River in Lowell Park near Dixon.  Now Dixon Mayor Jim Burke is spearheading efforts to create, design and construct a 7-foot bronze statue of a young Ronald Reagan overlooking the beach site and river in the park. Click here to view the concept drawing of the Reagan Statue.

The well-known photo of Reagan in his lifeguard shirt in the beatiful 200-acre park was taken by a Dixon lady, now deceased.  A core committee of Dixon residents has met with sculptors and representatives of Rottblatt-Amrany Studio of Highwood, Illinois.  The studio is nationally known for sculpting statues of Michael Jordan in front of the United Center, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in front of Staples Center in Los Angeles, Harry Carey, Wrigley Field, and Vince Lombardi, Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The estimated Reagan Statue cost is $120,000 with design, casting and construction to take 10-12 months.  The Mayor is asking Dxion Tourism to spearhead and raise funding for the project.

Lowell Park is a national historic site and the Rock River with 3 miles of frontage through the center of Dixon is a national waterway trail.

Contact person: Mayor Jim Burke
Phone:  815-288-1485
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Mar 2013

Petunia Festival - Through the Years

Dixon Tourism would like to send kudos to the Petunia Festival Board and Volunteers for all they do and have done to attract visitors to our community!  The Dixon Petunia Festival is typically held the last week of June and the first week in July, ending on or around July 4th.  Depending on how the dates fall.  The festival offers a wide variety of activities and attractions for all ages. 

For years the Petunia Festival Country Concert was held at the City Airport - Walgreen Field.  It was a huge undertaking for the Petunia Festival Board, who financed, marketed, and sought sponsorship to make it happen.  The board along with the many volunteers were also responsible for designing the layout, setting up and taking down the stage.  These people worked tirelessly for days to make this all happen.  It has been an event enjoyed by over 2000+ concert goers each year and is now help along the Rock River in Page Park with the permission of the Dixon Park District.  Our city has been the recipient of many well known entertainers who will forever remember their performance at our airport.  This years performers on the Park stages have not yet been announced. 

Take a look at who have performed over the years...

Artists Performing at the Petunia Festival Country Concert

Year                              Openers                       Headliner

1995                                               Lisa Brokop                                   Marty Stuart

1996                                               Rhett Akins                                    Lee Roy Parnell

1997                                               Kenny Chesney                             Martina McBride

1998                                              Ty Herndon                                    Terri Clark

1999                                              Chely Wright, Michael Peterson     Lonestar

2000                                              Shane Minor                                   Patty Loveless

2001                                              Eric Heatherly, Clay Davidson        The Wilkinsons

2002                                              Little Big Town                                Collin Raye

2003                                              Joe Nichols                                      Phil Vassar

2004                                              Dayna Malow, Craig Morgan           Mark Wills

2005                                              Cal Stage, Billy Currington              Jamie O'Neal

2006                                              Rodney Atkins                                  Trick Pony

2007                                              Danielle Peck                                   Darryl Worley

2008                                              TelluRide                                          Pat Green

2009                                             Whiskey Falls                                    Steve Holy

2010                                             Williams Riley Band                           Easton Corbin

2011                                            Adam Craig Band                               David Nail

2012                                            Burns & Poe                                       Frankie Ballard


RED Walgreen Field Stage

Black Festival Grounds stages



Jan 2012

"Reagan of Illinois" symphony performance CD's & DVD's now available

dvdcover-copyThe CD's & DVD's of the "Reagan of Illinois" symphony performance in Dixon in 2011 are now available for purchase at the Dixon Welcome Center.  The CD's are $14.99 + tax and the DVD's are $19.99 + tax.

Oct 2011

“Reagan of Illinois” Symphony Piece in Line for Grammy Nomination

The “Reagan of Illinois” Symphony to Celebrate Ronald Reagan’s Birth, which premiered earlier this year in Dixon, is one step away from receiving, potentially, four Grammy award nominations! The categories they are considering it in are: Best Orchestral Performance, Best Contemporary Classical Composition, Best Long-Form Music Video and Best Engineered Album, Classical. What an honor for the talented people who wrote, conducted and performed the piece and for Dixon and for the memory of our favorite son.

Aug 2011

Dixon Tourism Board Members & Friends Travel to Cubs Game

Dixon Tourism Board members and friends travel to Cubs game for Reagan Centennial. Bonnie Kime, Colleen Brechon, Carol Wadsworth, Edyie Madden enjoy the game. Cubs won!

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Sep 2009

Petunia City Wine now on sale at the Dixon Welcome Center

petunia-wine-thumbDIXON – Ever wonder how a petunia tastes? Sweet, and “really good,” according to soon-to-be sellers of an exclusive petunia-infused wine.

The wine, a sweet blush laced with petunias, was made specially for the Dixon Tourism Board by Illinois River Winery in Utica.  The Welcome Center is the only place in town the wine will be available, Tourism President, Colleen Brechon said. Illinois River Winery also has agreed it won't make the same wine for anyone else.

To buy a bottle
Petunia Wine, described as a sweet blush, is available only through the Welcome Center, 106 W. River St.  Call 815-284-3496 or stop by.  The wine sells for $15 a bottle.


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